Hokkaido JALT:

Good Practices that Help Students Learn and Teachers Grow

Date: Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Wilma Luth

Description:
Changes in classroom practice generally have a ripple effect. For example, a teacher's primary reason for learning their students' names might be to simply foster a caring environment in the classroom. But students also stay more motivated when the teacher knows their names, and teachers are better equipped when problems do arise in the classroom or when assessment time rolls around.

The first half of this presentation will focus on small changes that teachers can make in the classroom that aid student learning either directly or indirectly. They include actions taken by the teacher as well as ways of organizing classroom activities. Participants will explore how the suggested actions help student learning and will be challenged to transform their teaching by making one change in their classroom practice.

In the second half of the presentation we will look at ways teachers can sustain their energy and enthusiasm for teaching by engaging in professional development outside of the classroom. Keeping a teaching journal, participating in professional organizations (like JALT) or enrolling in courses are just some of the ideas that we will discuss. The ideas presented are not meant to be an exhaustive list. Please come prepared to share your own ideas and experiences.

About the speaker: Wilma Luth earned her MA-TESOL at School for International Training and is a licensed trainer in SIT's TESOL Certificate Course. She's the current president of Hokkaido JALT and started a full-time position at Hokkai Gakuen University this year. Her interests include learning strategies and reflective practice.

Organization: Hokkaido Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Hokkaido JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Hokkai Gakuen Daigaku, Building 6 (Subway Building), 3rd Floor, Room C-31, Sapporo

Location: Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

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